IamA Swedish welfare worker at a home for unaccompanied child refugees, AMA!
I work for a private company in Sweden that houses unaccompanied child refugees on behalf of the government. I currently work with 13 minors from countries like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia and Albania. They live in an apartment complex where they share 10 aparments between them. One of the apartments also serves as our office. It's my job to help these kids develop into mature individuals that can handle the responsibilities of adult life. I do this by helping them with schoolwork, organizing fun activities, giving them an outlet for their emotions and working hard to provide them with a stable environment where they can grow. I keep regular documentation on what goes on at work and am often in contact with different departments of the government.
This job has provided me with a unique perspective on the refugee crisis that Europe is facing and has on the whole made me a more bitter and cynical person. It's a frustrating and occassionally incredibly stressful job punctuated by both heartwarming and heartbreaking moments I'll carry with me for a long time.
I am writing this IamA because I want to share my experiences with the world and hopefully provide many of you with a viewpoint that has been sadly ignored in many news outlets. I will not mention any names of coworkers or minors I work with, nor will I reveal any adresses. Besides that, I will try and be as honest and as open as possible. So go ahead, Ask Me Anything!
My Proof: http://imgur.com/dvlN1Z6 I'm (understandably) severely paranoid about the name or location of my work leaking on the net, so I decided to just sprawl my desk with pamphlets from the department of migration and have the computer screen show the documentation program we use in our line of work. If you're still not convinced I'll message the mods with further proof :)
Edit: Going to bed, but will be back by tomorrow! Hope you'll be too
Edit 2: I'm back my lovelies! Let's have even more fun today!
Edit 3: There seems to be some confusion here, so let me just clarify: If I haven't yet responded to your comment, it's not because I'm "hiding from the truth" or I'm secretly Joseph Goebbels (Seriously, why would you say that? D: ). The actual reason is either that I haven't yet seen your comment, that I haven't had time to respond to it yet, or that I find you disingenuous and any answer I give would be pointless. So just stay patient! I'll get to all of you soon. Well, most of you. The nice ones.
Edit 4: Damn you Jim Gaffigan! Why do you steal the hearts of my readers!
Edit 5: Questions have started drying up so I think we'll call it off. It was great taking all your questions! Thanks for the praise and support. Keep on truckin'